Our current environment is all Windows 2003. When we migrate a new version of our service to the cluster, we first stop the service with a command like:
cluster.exe <clusterName> resource "<serviceName>" /offline
We do similarly after the migrate to bring the service back online.
Now, we are upgrading our environment to new Windows 2008 servers. However, our build/migrate machine will remain Windows 2003. When issuing the same command from Windwos 2003 to Windows 2008, we get:
System error 1722 has occurred (0x000006ba). The RPC server is unavailable.
We need to be able to remotely administer a Windows 2008 cluster from a Windows 2003 server in an automated fashion (such as the command-line cluster.exe utility). Is this possible?
You can't. The
cluster.execommand from Windows Server 2003 is just not compatible with Windows Server 2008 failover clustering, neither is the Cluster Administrator MMC.
I was actually testing this in an Exchange 2010 lab just a couple of hours ago... and I have absolutely NO firewall there (first thing I disable when testing something).
No cluster management from 2003 to 2008, sorry.